Rammell's latest missive to the media says Americans are "brainwashed" to sheepishly follow immoral laws and that he'll stay in the news crusading for legal reform.
A perennial losing candidate for high office, Rammell was convicted of poaching an elk and criminal contempt this summer in Bonneville County, prompting his August essay predicting "blood in the streets" and collapse of the US government. He is appealing the poaching conviction. A misdemeanor battery charge in connection with a September dispute in Idaho County was dismissed last week, but Rammell faces a March trial on four misdemeanor Fish & Game violations in Idaho County.
His Halloween message focuses on his legal reform ideas. Writes Rammell: "There are too many laws and regulations and our policemen, prosecutors, and judges need electric shock collars to remind them that we are not all criminals!"
Rammell calls himself proud of his reputation as Idaho's "poster child for government insubordination."
The former U.S. Senate, gubernatorial and legislative candidate's submission to editorial pages across Idaho follows in its holiday-themed entirety:
We are all criminals!
Idaho County Sheriff, Doug Giddings, stated, “People are basically bad.” According to the Bonneville County deputy prosecutor, Dan Bevilacqua, everyone is a criminal. He held up Idaho’s three inch thick criminal code book before the jury and stated, “We are all presumed to know the law; ignorance of the law is no excuse.” I would have given a $1000.00 for a picture showing the horror on the juror’s faces as they wondered what laws they had broken. He paused only for second realizing that he had just shocked the jury, so quickly he followed with, “now you may not agree with some of the laws, but no one is above the law, are they?”
Heavens no! We have all been thoroughly brainwashed since we were kids that to stand up against the law is immoral, even if the law is immoral itself. However, there are a few of us (real criminals) who refuse to have our liberties destroyed just because some policemen, prosecutors, and judges think that everyone who makes a mistake must meet the full demands of the law, no matter how unjust. I proudly am one of them and the reason my face is constantly in the news. It would appear I have become Idaho’s poster child for government insubordination. A reputation I am proud to accept.
There are too many laws and regulations and our policemen, prosecutors, and judges need electric shock collars to remind them that we are not all criminals! The truth is ignorance or mistake of fact is an excuse to violation of a crime. To commit a crime as compared to an infraction (speeding ticket) a person must not only commit the act, but he/she must have done it with criminal intent. Just because a person makes a mistake in violation of a law does not means he/she is guilty of committing a crime. The Idaho legislature to their credit has made this clear in Idaho Code 18-114, 18-115, and 18-201, but obviously not clear enough.
Agencies like the Fish and Game, along with many of our prosecutors and judges have perverted the law. That is why I committed myself to fixing this problem. And while I am fixing that I plan to fix the corruption in our courts wherein the judges tell the jurors how they must vote. Jurors should be able to vote however they want, without reprisal. We must return our constitutional form of government back to solvency. So don’t be surprised when you see my face in news again. Just remember, I am on your side.
Rex Rammell, 104 Blackberry Dr., Kooskia, Idaho 83539 208-360-2240
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